Lodger left owing rent & taking stuff from house

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    #16
    Originally posted by Richarddavid View Post
    Does the law treat lodgers differently as they are living as part of the landlords household. She stayed with us for around 9 months, but it was only a verbal contract as there was no AST agreement drawn up.
    Yes, the law treats lodgers differently. They are 'excluded occupiers' meaning that the LL doesn't need a court order to evict them, and a lodger cannot have an assured shorthold tenancy.

    A verbal contract is as valid as a written contract (just harder to prove).

    For more info on lodgers, see
    http://www.lodgerlandlord.co.uk/

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